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Chemistry

A Level Chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry. It covers the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Chemistry highly appealing. 

You will learn about chemistry in a range of different contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. You will also learn to investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts. 

Emphasis throughout the course is on developing knowledge, competence and confidence in practical skills and problem solving. You will learn how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

This course is structured into six themes: Development of practical skills in chemistry, Foundations in chemistry, Periodic table and energy, Core organic chemistry, Physical chemistry and transition elements, and Organic chemistry and analysis.


Exam board:

OCR

Essential Entry Requirements:

Standard Sixth Form requirements, including at least a Grade 6 in combined science, or a grade 6 or above in GCSE Chemistry and Grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

Preferred Entry Requirements:

Grade 7 in GCSE Chemistry.

Pre-Course Material:

This is available here.


 

Assessment

Paper 1: Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (H432/01) – 2hrs 15 – 37% - This covers content from themes 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Paper 2: Synthesis and analytical techniques (H432/02) – 2hrs 15 – 37% - This covers content from themes 1, 2, 4 and 6.
Paper 3: Unified chemistry (H432/03) – 1hr 30 – 26% - This covers content from all themes.


Practical Endorsement (H432/04). Students complete a minimum of 12 key practical activities over the two year course and are awarded a pass/fail grade alongside their A Level result.

Additional Costs

A Level Lab Coat £10 (optional)
A Level Revision Guide £10 (optional but highly recommended)
A Level Workbook £10 (optional but highly recommended)